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Swing Shift (1984)

PG | | Drama, Romance, War | 13 April 1984 (USA)
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A woman finds romance when she takes a job at an aircraft plant to help make ends meet after her husband goes off to war.

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writer:

Nancy Dowd (as Rob Morton)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Kay Walsh
Kurt Russell ... Lucky Lockhart
Christine Lahti ... Hazel Zanussi
Fred Ward ... Biscuits Toohey
Ed Harris ... Jack Walsh
Sudie Bond ... Annie
Holly Hunter ... Jeannie Sherman
Patty Maloney ... Laverne
Lisa Pelikan ... Violet Mulligan
Susan Peretz ... Edith Castle
Joey Aresco ... Johnny Bonnaro
Morris 'Tex' Biggs Morris 'Tex' Biggs ... Clarence
Reid Cruickshanks Reid Cruickshanks ... Spike
Danny Darst Danny Darst ... Deacon (as Daniel Dean Darst)
Dennis Fimple ... Rupert George
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Storyline

Jack and Kay Walsh are typical of many couples of the 1940s, where he is the breadwinner and she the housewife dependent upon him to do the man's duties around the house. Jack believes one of their neighbors in the housing complex in which they live in Los Angeles is white trash - he letting her know so at every opportunity, while Kay is quietly curious about her. That neighbor is streetwise Hazel Zanussi, an aspiring singer who does get a chance to sing on occasion at the club managed by her casual boyfriend, Biscuits Toohey, although he relegates her to being one of the taxi dancers more often against her wants, while he cheats on her behind her back despite truly having feelings for her. Hazel just wants to make an honest living. Their worlds are turned upside down on December 7, 1941 when the US enters WWII with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Jack immediately enlists in the Navy, and while he will send money home, his decision leaves Kay largely to fend for herself. Against... Written by Huggo

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When America marched off to war the women marched into the factory. From then on...nothing was the same.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tjejen som jobbade skift See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,270,136, 15 April 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,650,206
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The U.S.S. Lang (FF-1060) is the ship which sailors walk off, in the scene where Goldie Hawn's character meets her husband returning from the war. See more »

Goofs

In the first minutes of the movie, the character Jack comes out of the shower and sits in a chair with only a towel wrapped around him. As he sits, it is revealed that he is, in fact, naked under the towel which is easily viewed. See more »

Quotes

[final lines]
Kay Walsh: Hazel... we showed 'um didn't we.
Hazel: Boy, did we ever.
[both hug and cry]
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Opening credits are shown over old, black and white photos. See more »


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Someone Waits For You
Performed by Carly Simon
Produced by Richard Perry
Music by Peter Allen
Lyrics by Will Jennings
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War War II era romantic drama
1 April 2009 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

i liked this romantic drama set during World War II.the gist of it is:the American men had to go and fight the war,and the women are needed to take their place working in the the factories,building equipment for the War Effort.for one woman,romance comes into her life as a result.one thing i found interesting(though not surprising)is how these woman were treated like second class citizens and how little respect they got for doing their hard work.it's indicative of the time,but it's also shameful,like many other things in history.Goldie Hawn heads the cast along with Kurt Russel.Ed Harris and Fred Ward also star.but i thought Christine Lahti put in a terrific performance and stole any scenes she was in.regardless,this is a great little drama.for me,Swing Shift is an 8/10


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